Today the Dundee Alcohol and Drug Partnership published its long-term strategy (2023-28) to tackle drug and alcohol related deaths in the city. This follows last year’s review by the Dundee Drugs Commission and focus on cutting the harm caused by drugs and alcohol across the city’s communities.
Titled: “Working together to prevent harm and support recovery”, the Strategic Framework and accompanying Delivery Plan have received input from frontline staff and people with lived experience. The documents include five high-level priorities:
1. Reduce significant harms linked to drug and alcohol use by delivering the right care in the right place at the right time
2. Promote a culture of kindness, compassion and hope, tackle stigma and discrimination and embed trauma-informed practices
3. Reduce the enduring impact of drug and alcohol use through an increased focus on prevention
4. Empower people and communities affected by substance use to participate in and influence decision-making, commissioning, planning and improvements
5. Ensure appropriate and effective governance arrangements and strengthen communications with stakeholders.
The delivery plan for the first two years outlines a series of commitments alongside actions that will be taken.
Recent progress is also noted on a number of areas including the city’s nationally-recognised approach to non-fatal overdoses, as well as the roll-out of lifesaving Naloxone to people across Dundee.
The documents include commitment to increasing fast access to treatment services, ensuring individuals are supported by GPs and reducing the stigma experienced by many families. Front-line staff will be better supported to do their work, there will be dedicated support to those caring for families (kinship carers) and a greater focus on prevention.
The Alcohol and Drug Partnership will monitor the progress made with the delivery of commitments and will communicate progress with communities across the city.